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Reviews aren't reserved just for the newest, latest, allegedly greatest gear. You can review that old reliable tent you've been using for decades or your vintage pack. And if you don't see the brand or product on Trailspace yet, submit a review anyway and we'll add it to the site.

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1,559 reviewer rep
443 forum posts
January 6, 2011 at 8:25 p.m. (EST)

Hello Alicia. Happy New Year. I've noticed that many duplicate reviews are being submitted (by mistake of the reviewer I assume) and are skewing overall ratings of gear.

Case in point: The Outbound mercury guide 6 is a tent that I reviewed that received 4.5 stars. The 3 other were from a ill-informed "guest" writing a poorly composed, unsubstantiated review giving it one star and submitted it 3 times, destroying it's overall ratings. Here is the review:

1.gifMercury Guide 6

Reviewed by Themobilelibrarian (Guest)
January 5, 2011

This is a great tent - for the right person -well constructed - great to sleep in and to look at - - however it was sold to me with the female sales person knowing I'm a single parent with one child - I stand just under  5' 4" and my daughter  was about 4' 8" when we purchased it.  Even with two adult sized females now (child is now 5' 3.5") it is a struggle to get up.  So.... great tent - not so easy to set up. And if you have any disability in your arms - which I now do - its now time to sell it and find something that works better or give up camping completely.

Price paid: 300ish

I just thought that I'd let you know. Thanks and best wishes to your family!

848 reviewer rep
3,899 forum posts
January 6, 2011 at 9:27 p.m. (EST)

Hey XterroBrando,

Thanks for pointing that out. There was a glitch and I hadn't seen those reviews yet. Thanks for letting us know there was an issue. I've got Dave working on it.

I usually read every review and delete all the duplicates. So all extras do get deleted. Reading all the reviews also helps us notice any issues that arise.

I appreciate hearing when something is amiss. We can still miss occasional issues and in this case I hadn't been alerted to the duplicate reviews yet.


848 reviewer rep
3,899 forum posts
January 6, 2011 at 10:33 p.m. (EST)


The reviewers briefly weren't getting an acknowledgment screen after review submission, so kept hitting submit. All is better now.

1,559 reviewer rep
443 forum posts
January 7, 2011 at 3:16 p.m. (EST)

Thank you so much. Now if I can get my IT dept to respond to issues here at work in the same expeditious manner, all will be well :)

1,663 reviewer rep
3,956 forum posts
January 9, 2011 at 3:37 p.m. (EST)

I just wrote a review and did get the acknowledgment screen. It all worked fine for me.

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